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Alumni in the News Archive

Allen College Graduates honored in 100 Great Iowa Nurses

In May, the 2018 Great Iowa Nurses were announced which included several alumni of Allen College. The 100 Great Iowa Nurses award recognizes nurses that have made meaningful, lasting contributions to their patients, colleagues, and the nursing profession, and are viewed as mentors to other nursing professionals. This year’s honorees exemplify all of the principles on which the 100 Great Iowa Nurses Celebration was founded. Congratulations to our Allen alumni!

Name Employer Graduation Year
Vikki Bridgford UnityPoint at Home  2012
Melissa Bruch UnityPoint at Home  1997
Teresa Culpepper Covenant Medical Center  2011, 2016
Heather Hemann Allen Digestive Health Center  2005
Karen Lutter UnityPoint Health – Des Moines  2010
Ann Overton UnityPoint Health – St. Luke's Hospital  2011

St. Luke's College names department chair, Lorraine Sacino Murphy


SIOUX CITY | St. Luke's College - UnityPoint Health has named Lorraine Sacino Murphy as department chair of the Associate of Science in Nursing Program.

Sacino Murphy will support faculty and students, and provide leadership and administrative responsibilities for the program.

She was recently promoted to associate professor at St. Luke's College, and worked closely with the dean of nursing education on faculty development, orientation, and mentoring. She was a nurse for 18 years, serving in long-term care and medical/telemetry hospital nursing care, and has been in nursing education for the last six years.

Sacino Murphy received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and her master of science in nursing from Briar Cliff University. She is currently enrolled in the doctor of education in health professions education at Allen College. She also has two nursing certifications as a gerontological nurse and certified nurse educator.

A member of several area organizations, Sacino Murphy participates in Sigma Theta Tau International, Gehlen Catholic School Health Committee, Plymouth County Board of Health and Connections Area Aging Advisory Council.